Nagoya, Konazawa, Fukui, Tokyo – these were the main stops of a trade mission to Japan, which has already triggered off first reactions on the opposite side of the world: in Stade. There, several inquiries from companies active in the field of CFRP have already been received, Gunnar Merz, managing director of CFK-Valley Stade eV, confirmed after his return from the delegation trip. The trip’s main goal had been to initiate joint projects with the CFK Valley Japan founded in spring. Japan is home to the world leader in carbon fiber production. An office in the National Composite Center at the University of Nagoya has thus already been set up.
Benefitting From Each Other To Prepare For The Future
“Japan is very strong in carbon fiber production technology. There, world leaders such as Toray, a preferred supplier of Boeing, are at home. Here in Stade, we are very strong in process technology, and particularly in automation. That’s why we strive to co-operate with Japanese partners. Both sides can benefit from each other”, said Gunnar Merz.
A first concrete example is laying in the office of Merz – a very thin film of carbon. Fibre to fibre is lined up. “This is something we cannot produce here so far. In return, we possess an expertise in robotics, which is of great interest to the Japanese.” Stade and Japan thus hope bring together the world’s best materials technology and process technology in order to meet the challenges of the future.
Co-operation Agreement Signed
The delegation of Stade’s Mayor Silvia Nieber, CFRP development chief Prof Dr Axel Herrmann as well as representatives from the German Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (DLR), Fraunhofer Institute, and Siempelkamp GmbH, was warmly welcomed in Japan. To collaborate with the “world’s best CFRP centre” in Germany, the three Japanese composite centres have meanwhile sealed a national cooperation.
Towards A Global CFRP Network
In addition to the process technology, there is yet another field for co-operation. Merz: “In Japan, you do not have any experience with cluster management and networks. For us, these are very important tools to support the development. Innovation is only possible when all partners openly exchange with each other. “
The news clip is an excerpt from the latest edition of the magazine Business & People, published this Friday, 5 December 2014: www.tageblatt.de/service/business-people